Love my 1995 Rodeo. When it runs, it runs good. But when it dont... it
Me and my Rodeo have a love/hate relationship. I love it one day, hate it
the next, but I can't bear to think what would happen if I lost it.
I have a 1996 Rodeo (*almost exactly the same as a 95*) with the 4-cyl, 2wd
package. It's actually underpowered and a bit slow, but it's been a great
little truck. It will carry anything that will fit through the doors and not
even feel it. I've had it a little over five years and the only time it's
ever stranded me was last spring when the battery finally died. When I took
it out, I realized it was the original battery that was put in when the
truck was new.
I put about $1250 into it in preventive maintenance a year ago, changing the
clutch, pressure plate, timing belt and head gasket - none of these actually
failed, replacing them was what was recommended at 100,000 miles so I went
ahead and had it done. It's MUCH cheaper to do the scheduled maintenance
than to wait until it fails, because the havoc wreaked by the failing part
cascades into other damage that makes it much more expensive to repair.
Such damage can be avoided by catching this stuff before it fails. I've
never had any trouble since with this vehicle. The rear main seal was
leaking oil, so we changed that while we had the tranny out of it, but it
was cheap to replace since the trans had to come out anyway. It's got about
135,000 on it now and still runs great - needs shocks right now, but that's
to be expected at this mileage.
So far, I have replaced -
rear main seal
There was one odd thing, though. I lost both headlights at about 75,000
miles, within two weeks of each other. Replaced both headlight lamps for
less than $10 total. Did the replacement myself in five minutes. Seemed
odd that they went out at the same time, though. It does have a few
idiosyncracies - no real electrical problems, except for a cheesy
aftermarket alarm system that went on the fritz - probably installed by the
dealer as an unofficial option, and oddly, the stock temp gauge has never
worked since the day I bought it. Other than that, it's been great.
Would I buy another one? You betcha!
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